New staff at GreaterCapital
Over the year, we’ve said goodbye to some members of the team, but also welcomed some old and new friends. Refilwe Mokoena joined us in January as a senior manager on our research and evaluation team where her role focusses mainly on our impact investing work. Refilwe has extensive experience in social performance management and poverty measurement in microfinance. She joined us from a global microfinance network where she managed the use of poverty measurement tools in over 20 countries. Prior to that she led the Research and Development function of one of South Africa’s leading microfinance institutions, and has strong skills in participatory research methods. Refilwe has a passion for women’s empowerment and is a member of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa, as well as a mentor on the DreamGirls International Outreach Programme.
Gabrielle Habberton has also re-joined the team as a senior manager of the research and evaluation team with a focus on project management and process management within the team. Gabrielle was part of the founding team of GreaterCapital and South African Social Investment Exchange (SASIX) where she was integrally involved in developing the tools and protocols to determine risk, capacity and return dimensions for high impact social and impact investment offerings across development sectors. She has worked on a range of socio-economic development projects, as well as the policy environment in which social enterprises and small and growing firms operate, and has focused her career on addressing the systematic and intractable barriers that hinder development and entrepreneurship. Gabrielle is passionate about supporting positive change towards a more equitable and sustainable world.
We also welcomed Kate Welsh to the research and evaluation team where she is involved in project delivery, and, as the youngest member of the team, takes care of our social media presence! Kate has international exposure in working in the social development field, and has been significantly involved in data analysis on a number of our evaluation projects. Kate is passionate about working with refugees and has engaged as a social worker with refugee organisations in South Africa and Australia.
And finally, we welcome Ellinor Jensrud and Karoline Frogner who join us for a 12 week internship as part of the Oslo Internship Programme, an initiative by The Social Enterprise Academy, UCT Graduate School of Business and Oslo University. The programme brings a group of Norwegian post-graduate students to Cape Town to participate in a formal learning programme hosted at the University of Cape Town. During their stay, the students are placed with social enterprises in Cape Town where they are required to complete consulting assignments as part of their studies. As part of their work with GreaterCapital, Ellinor and Karoline are involved in data analysis on the social impact of an urban regeneration programme, the creation of templates for the evaluation team, and research on impact investing in Africa.